There’s always a context. Seeking context is the key to empathy, learning and introspection. The more you want to understand the context, the more things will click in your mind and the deeper your appreciation of the situation will be.
Luck is a funny thing. So much of it relies on factors you have no control over. But you have to create the environment it can happen in by noticing opportunities and having the guts to take advantage of them.
If it hurts every time - if it’s always hard, and never gets easier - will you still do it?
Everything good starts small.
Just because you’re behind doesn’t mean you can’t still win. Forget about how you think things might end up, and just focus on doing your best, right now.
If you know your principles and are willing to stand by them, it’s amazing how clear otherwise muddy situations can become. That strength of conviction can be hard to come by, but it’s worth developing, because complicated things are much simpler when you have a clear rubric and can communicate it easily.
Stoic philosophers suggested that the only important thing is to live with virtue. Then they spent the rest of their time arguing about what the hell that actually means. But I think maybe that wasn’t necessary.
The struggle isn’t part of the price. It’s part of the reward.
Most of the people who have ever lived have had it much, much worse than you have it today. Most of the people alive today have it much worse than you do now. But nobody has had it easy, and that includes you. That’s because being a person is hard. It’s built right in. Normal, well-adjusted people suffer for no reason. Almost all the time.
What if failure is a matter of perspective? Maybe your idea of failure is way more extreme than someone else’s. Is it possible that they would find a way to call your failures a success instead?